Serious dancers are always on the look-out for noteworthy instructors and inexpensive classes; Rochester dancers, take note. Thursday, March 26, through Sunday, March 29, is Movement and Dance Weekend by Nazareth College Department of Theatre and Dance, a huge part of which consists of an exciting array of master classes taught by accomplished dancers, choreographers, and company directors. Classes are, however, open to all skill levels and include floor ballet, Pilates, contemporary ballet, Laban Movement, musical theatre dance, Afro-Cuban, and more. An individual class is only $5; six classes cost $25; and Nazareth students receive $2 off with college identification. Ticket sales begin Friday at 11 a.m. in the upper lobby of the Nazareth College Arts Center for that day's classes. Registration opens at 9 a.m. on Saturday and at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday.
The weekend also includes two dance concerts: The Nazareth College Spring Dance Concert showcases work from six guest artists — budding choreographers to seasoned professionals — who created pieces in a variety of styles for Nazareth faculty and students to perform. A highlight will be New York City-based artist Daniel Gwirtzman's contemporary piece, "Together," in which dancers are literally connected throughout the duration of the work.
Look for Heather Roffe — Assistant Professor and Program Director of Nazareth's dance department, a member of Futurpointe Dance, and organizer of the weekend's festivities — in a Gwirtzman duet. Spring Dance Concert takes place Thursday and Friday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Studio Theater of the Arts Center. On Saturday at 7 p.m., Rochester's Phoenix Dance Company offers up traditional Chinese dances plus a lecture with question time in the Art's Center Studio Theatre A-48. Tickets are $5 cash.
For more information on the festival and a full list of classes offered, visit naz.edu/mad.